Friday, July 12, 2013

Dunwoody Construction Project Updates for 7/12/13

Dunwoody E-News Update

From Dunwoody Public Works Department

Mount Vernon Road Construction, Street Paving & Sidewalk Projects Move Forward and Georgetown Park Buildings Take Shape

Dunwoody Construction Project Updates for 7/12/13

Dunwoody, GA July 12, 2013 – The City of Dunwoody issued the following updates on several beneficial and exciting infrastructure projects in different phases of active development and construction.

The City of Dunwoody Public Works Department has determined the need to replace three deteriorating storm drain lines beneath Mt. Vernon Road. The construction will take place on Mt. Vernon Road between Dunwoody Village and Mount Vernon Way.

The road closure is planned to begin Friday, July 12, 2013 at approximately 7:00 pm with the City’s contractors working around the clock to complete the work and reopen the road before 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013.

The City asks motorists to be patient as minor traffic delays may occur during the week of July 15 to allow for re-paving of the trenches created by this project.  These dates and times are subject to change pending weather conditions and any unforeseen conditions during construction.

Residents and businesses whose sole access is from Mt Vernon Road will be allowed to access through the construction zone, with delays likely to occur.  Access to adjacent neighborhoods and through travel on Mount Vernon will be detoured via Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Womack Road and Vermack Road.

Street Paving & Sidewalk Improvement Projects
The rains the City has experienced this summer have affected the planned street paving and sidewalk improvements only slightly. Most projects are on schedule and paving is now complete on Meadow Lane and Crown Pointe Parkway in the Perimeter area as well as Chateau Drive, Peachford Road, Dunwoody Park North, and Dunwoody Park in the Georgetown area. The southern ends of Vermack Road and North Peachtree Road have also been paved.

Crews will begin moving to complete multiple residential streets in the Mill Glen and Redfield subdivisions the week of July 15.

Street paving is expected to continue into early August and lane closures on two-lane, main thoroughfares will typically occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  To minimize delays the City encourages drivers to stay updated on lane closures through the City’s social media outlets and to seek alternate routes.  When paving begins on neighborhood streets, residents should refrain from parking on the street until the paving is completed.

The City is continuing its commitment to maintain and improve its roads by investing over $2,000,000 in paving this year which is over 40% of the 2013 capital budget.  Since 2009, including this year’s investments, the City has spent more than $6,500,000 paving roads in Dunwoody.  The City’s paving plans are available for review by visiting the City’s website at: .

Work continues on several critical sidewalk projects as part of the City’s sidewalk improvement plan, created to provide an objective process to prioritize the City’s sidewalk projects.  The City has completed nearly all of the sidewalk construction work for the new sidewalk on Womack Road across from Dunwoody Elementary School and work continues on the northern end of Happy Hollow Road to complete the sidewalk for the full length of that road.  City crews are active in constructing planned sidewalk projects and over the next several weeks activities include:
·         Completion of the retaining wall construction and new sidewalk on Vermack Road near Mount Vernon
·         Completion of the new sidewalk along the length of Meadowlake Drive

Since 2009, including this year’s investments, the City has budgeted more than $2,000,000 in sidewalk improvements.  To date the City has paved more than 25 lane miles of roads, fixed 1,100 potholes on City streets and laid or repaired more than 4.1 miles of City sidewalks all within the 13.2 total square miles of the City’s boundaries.  This has been accomplished in a short timeframe with no tax increases and no need to borrow money.

Georgetown Park Construction Update
Despite the recent wet weather events, work on the two sections of the new Georgetown Park has progressed and the central park square and the children’s playground are beginning to take shape above ground. The concrete foundations for the bathroom facilities and the pavilion area at Georgetown Park’s central park square are set and work on the walls and support structures will continue through the next several weeks.

Electrical, water and sewer utilities are in place and the new bathrooms facilities adjacent to the playground are now being erected at the children’s playground at Georgetown Park. The park’s playground equipment for three separate play structures has been selected and ordered and will be placed on site following proper provisions for foundation fortification.

The adjoining concrete path adjacent to the central park square is poured and it will eventually connect to the Brook Run Park multi-use trail to create a 3.3 mile long trailway.  Once complete, both sections of the new park will be available for community-wide use.

Brook Run Park Multi-Use Trail Update
Phase I of the multi-use trail at Brook Run Park is nearing full completion and the City is making plans for an early August opening and celebratory event.  The entire 0.7 miles of concrete for the 12-foot wide multi-use trail is in place and all three wooden bridges at trail crossings are finished.  Decorative benches and waste receptacles have been installed along the trail and additional landscaping and beautification efforts as well as the construction of stormwater control basins are wrapping up in July.

Throughout the trail construction the City has consistently met all EPD requirements regarding erosion and sediment control.  These compliance measures strictly adhere to Georgia EPD regulations and follow careful conformity with the approved trail path construction documents.

In late June, City staff hosted an Open House event at the Greenhouse Complex to encourage and facilitate active citizen engagement on Phase II of the trail. The event offered attendees an opportunity to hear about and view initial plans for the Phase II trail route and residents and park visitors were treated to a sneak peak walking tour of Phase I of the trail.

Phase II will be a one mile, 12-foot wide multi-use concrete trail which will connect with Phase I and complete an approximate 2 mile loop within the park.  The City is currently in the final design stage for Phase II of the trail and anticipated trail construction is planned to begin in the fall.

Lastly, the City of Dunwoody is committed to encouraging and facilitating active citizen engagement.  To keep up with everything going on in Dunwoody, you can sign up for email updates at or check our website at

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